Reflection 7

Text (Gospel Story) March 20, 2016

Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem… And his disciples who had been sent went off and found everything just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying this colt?” They answered, “The Master has need of it.” So they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the colt, and helped Jesus to mount. As he rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; …the whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. They proclaimed: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”

Sharing the Mission

All Christian spirituality focuses on the crucified and risen Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him. The cross is the symbol of what is at the core of Jesus’ person: “The way we came to understand love was that he laid down his life for us; we, too, must lay down our lives for one another.” The crucified Jesus proclaims that self-giving love is at the heart of being God and at the heart of being human. St Vincent de Paul often recommended to us to meditate on the cross as the symbol of God’s love. It is most important that we ourselves experience the love God reveals through the cross, that we have a deep confidence in a personal loving God who works actively in our lives.

Discussion

What will you do to find the deeper meaning of Holy Week this year?

Prayer

(Leader) As we enter into the mystery of the passion of Christ, we pray:

(Together) Christ, our Saviour, hear our prayer

(Leader) That this Holy Week may deepen our understanding of the cross,

(Together) Christ, our Saviour, hear our prayer.

(Leader) For all who suffer injustice and abuse, may we help them carry their cross,

(Together) Christ, our Saviour, hear our prayer. Amen